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Thomas Alexander SAUNDERS, b. 1857 Kinghorn, Fife, son of Peter SAUNDERS & Ann SHARP; brother of William SAUNDERS; pioneer rancher; 1876 to Falklands [Malvinas]; 1883 to Magallanes; 1884 formed Estancia "Otway" (near Cabeza del Mar), Magallanes; 1888-89 participant in "Great Patagonian Trek" ("El Gran Arreo"), bringing 5,000 sheep from Río Negro to Southern Patagonia; established first telephone line between Otway and Punta Arenas; founder member of First Fire Company, Punta Arenas; partner of Hamilton and Saunders Ltd.; c1900 formed Patagonian Land and Estate Co. (partner John Hamilton); director of Sociedad Rural de Magallanes; director of British Club of Magallanes; member of Rotary Club; benefactor of Anglican Church, Punta Arenas; d. 1928 London; per his request, remains returned to Punta Arenas on the Orita for burial at Ea. Otway; funerales [informe en español]; 1929 memorial ceremony


m. 1893 Punta Arenas

Anna María SCOTT, b. 1868 Wimbledon, Surrey; dtr. of Charles James SCOTT, plumber & Harriet BROCKWELL; sister of Charles SCOTT; c1891 invited to Punta Arenas by uncle Alfred W SCOTT to work as housekeeper; (later) living at Hayling Island, Hampshire; d. 1957 Villa Alemana, Chile; bur. Playa Ancha, Valparaíso


1. Ethel May, b. 1894 Otway; m. 1919 London to Leif ARENTSEN; children Raymond (d. 2013 Bristol, UK), Thelma (d. 1995 Canberra, Australia), Pamela (b. 1927)
2. Edith Helen, b. 1896 Otway; m1. Alex BORGER, children Peter, David, Marion; m2. Arthur WOOLDRIDGE
3. Annie Hilda, b. 1898 Otway; m1. [...] WILLIAMS, children Eric, Douglas, Tony; m2. [...] STUART[?]; d. Vancouver, Canada
4. Thomas Cedric ("Jack"), b. c1903 Otway; pioneer in civil aviation — first person to fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago non-stop; m. Phyllis BERRY; children Ralph, Jacqueline (died young); divorced; d. 1952 Santiago
5. Leslie Cowan ("Jim"), b. 1909 New Malden, Surrey; managed the family interests in "Hamilton and Saunders" partnership; 1953 moved to central Chile; m. Olga SORENSEN, children Jacqueline, Michael, Jennifer, Tom; all moved to Canada; d. 1982 London, Ontario

(1) England and Wales Civil Registration Indices
(2) England and Wales 1881 census
Thanks: Michael Saunders; Bev Fidler (I-2013); Veronica Rickard (X-2013)
Last updated: 19-V-2020